Our chocolate factory is housed in an old Cape Dutch home where visitors can see us making chocolate through glass walls. We get a lot of our inspiration from our surroundings where some of the best quality wines in the world are produced.
WHAT WE DO
Artisanal chocolate making has grown in recent years out of a desire to return to ancient chocolate making techniques, promoting the original taste of chocolate and kicking against its degradation into a synthetic, flavoured commodity.
The emphasis is on small batch manufacturing with meticulous attention to detail at every step of the process, from the roasting of the beans right through to the moulding of the bars. With the ultimate aim of producing superior chocolate, our process starts by sourcing only the finest cocoa beans from all corners of the globe. We have painstakingly sourced beans from more than 30 of the world’s major growing regions and tested all of these in order to arrive at what we consider to be 5 of the best beans available from which to make our chocolate. In our small factory we are roasting the beans to develop their optimal flavour profiles. Thereafter follows a slow process of grinding, refining and conching in our custom built equipment designed to incorporate ancient chocolate making techniques and the precision of modern computerised technology. We believe that this process is unique in optimising the inherent flavours in the bean and that it translates into the ultimate chocolate experience. Our chocolate contains only authentic ingredients – no artificial colourings or flavourings, no vegetable fats (only pure cocoa butter), no soya lecithin or vanilla. The emphasis is on developing the flavours inherent in the bean and demonstrating how these flavours vary from region to region and depending on the variety of cocoa bean.
TASTINGS, PAIRINGS & WORKSHOPS
At our Tasting Room and Visual Factory in Paarl, we are open daily from 09h00 – 17h00
for viewing, chocolate tasting and sales.
Our current offerings are as follows
Daily 09h00 – 17h00.
Duration: Approx 20 mins, depending on group size Bookings required for groups of more than 10.
A guided tasting of all 5 of our 70% cacao Single Origin dark chocolates: Trinidad; Madagascar; Venezuela Caracas; Sao Tome and Venezuela Rio Caribe.
TUTORED WINE & CHOCOLATE TASTING
Available Mondays to Saturdays by prior arrangement only.
Duration: Approx 60 mins, depending on group size.
Minimum group size: 10 (If your group is smaller than this we may be able to combine with other smaller groups, so please enquire).
Enjoy a tasting of 4 Spice Route wines and 4 De Villiers CHOCOLATE 70% Single Origin chocolates.
Representatives from Spice Route and DV Chocolate will guide guests through the tasting, sharing some of the subtleties of wine and chocolate making and suggesting some fun pairings of wine varietals with specific single origin dark chocolates, according to their individual flavour profiles.
This is a truly authentic pairing experience, combining cacao flavours with the intensity of these Swartland wines.